Colorful towns of Italy

Colorful towns of Italy

One of my favorite parts about Italy was seeing the quaint, colorful houses. From the Southern coasts to the Northern tips, each town had its own colorful scheme. If I lived here, I’d definitely have a bright yellow house.

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Vernazza, one of the first islands of Cinque Terre, Italy

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Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Italy

Portofino

The Portofino marina

Burano, Venice

Burano, Venice

One of the canals in Burano, Venice

Venice waterwayIsland of Burano, Venice

 

Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, the “five towns” in Italy is a beautiful coastal region in Italy. Rocky coastlines and colorful houses make up each town. Vineyards are terraced along the rugged cliffs.

Cinque Terre

The island of Monterosso, Cinque Terre, Italy 

Cinque Terre

 

Cinque Terre

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Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy 

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy

 

Lula Lake Land Trust

Lula Lake Land Trust

Lula Lake Land Trust is a 20 minute drive from downtown Chattanooga. This land trust is privately owned and only accessible to the public on the first and last Saturday of the month. Take advantage of their open gate day to explore the trails and visit the waterfalls. You’ll find a walk on the grounds is quiet, serene and pristine with beauty.

On open gate days, volunteers will provide maps for loop trails ranging from 2 to 4 miles.

You can read the review on RootsRated.com.

Lula Lake A view from the top of the falls.

Lula Lake Land Trust

Lula Lake

One of the smaller waterfalls at Lula Lake. This is the closest to the parking lot.

Overlook

The overlook from Lookout Mountain. You’ll find it on the “High Adventure trail.”

Lula Lake falls

A view of Lula Lake Falls from below.

Lula Lake falls

Lush greenery surrounds the waterfalls. This hidden view is off the “Main trail.”

 

Eating Well in Italy

Eating Well in Italy

On our recent trip to Italy, I was anticipating the incredibly delicious, flavorful food.

Here are my tips to eating well in Italy. 


The pizza is far superior. It’s all about minimal ingredients.

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Pizza in Florence with mushrooms, peppers, olives, and soppressa

roasted vegetable pizza in Rome

roasted vegetable pizza in Rome

Get pizza from a walk-up window on an off-the-beaten-path street.

One of the best slices I had, in Venice.

One of the best slices I had, in Venice at Antico Forno.

Wine is cheaper than soft drinks, and sometimes water. There’s no wine list- it’s just what the local vineyard produces.

Red wine from Machiavelli's Estate in Tuscany

Red wine from Machiavelli’s Estate in Tuscany

Start with Prosecco.

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Italian vineyards are beautiful.

Vineyards in Tuscany

Vineyards in Tuscany

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The view from Machiavelli’s estate window.

They tend to serve animals, especially seafood whole.

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Octopus (pulpo) in Cinque Terre at L’Osteria

Italy still does multi-course tasting menus.

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A four-course meal in Santa Margherita. (Top left to right) Amuse with date and bacon, roasted vegetable salad, risotto with squash blossom, apple cake with buttermilk ice cream.

Pasta is always the first course.

Gnocchi from Tuscany.

Then comes meat. Lots of it.

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Pork, rosemary chicken, sausages

Gelato is everywhere. Eat it. Many times a day.

Gelateria Dondoli

The most famous gelato shop in Italy, in the small town of San Gimignana

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The best gelatos will be pale colored. Bright colors indicated artificial colors and flavors.

Restaurants are small and full of character.

L’Osteria on Monterosso in Cinque Terre

A restaurant in Capri is built into a cave. (It’s just by the Arco Naturale)

Visit small pasticcerias, where you’ll find an abundance of artisan foods from spices to breads to cheeses and chocolates.

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A pasticceria in San Gimingnana

Open air markets sell the freshest local vegetables, fruits and meats daily. Spend one night cooking from the food you find there.

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An open-air market

A fishmonger in Venice's open air market

A fishmonger in Venice’s open air market

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The Isle of Capri

The Isle of Capri

Photos from the Isle de Capri on the Italian coast.

Capri from afar

Arriving to the Isle de Capri

Capri marina

Capri

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The Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast

 

 

Kayaking the Toccoa River

I went on a day kayaking trip with KayakGuyAtlanta to paddle the Toccoa River. This river is nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and full of beautiful scenery. Along the 10 mile paddle, we hit a few Class I and II rapids.

Soon I’ll update this post to show the guide.

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Raven Cliff Falls

Raven Cliff Falls

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A five mile round-trip hike to the beautiful Raven Cliff Falls. These 400-foot falls are outside of Helen in North Georgia. At the falls, we opted to climb the steep slope and craggy cliffs to reach the top of one of the cliffs. We were awarded with beautiful views!

 

Read the guide on RootsRated here

 


 

 

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